National Geographic Inside The Medieval World

Title: National Geographic Inside The Medieval World
Publisher: National Geographic Spring 2014
Genre: Middle Ages, Medieval World
Format: Periodical style
Pages: 128
Rating: 3 Stars
Source: Self purchase at Barnes and Nobles $13.99.

Europe 1190
Pope Urban II, the pope who encouraged the first crusade (1096-1099). 
National Geographic has put together an remarkable book (they call it a book and not a periodical) on the Middle Ages. National Geographic is known for photography, discovery, and adventure in its pages.
The book should be considered an introduction to the Middle Ages, and not an exhaustive look.
Its focus is not on a particular country or continent, but the world in regard to the Middle Ages.

My Thoughts---There are several strengths and one weakness:

1. Photographic images.
2. The book includes the history of the world, not just one country or one continent.
3. Most of the known and emerging religions are described: Islam, Hindu, Christianity (Catholic Church), Buddhism.
4. The history of the Crusades.
5. Politics and power of the Catholic Church.
6. Chapters are divided by centuries, and included are timelines of the major historical events in each century.
7. Islamic history and expansion.
8. Byzantine Empire.

I found one mistake made in the history of England.
"When Harold succeeded his father, William invaded." Page 79. 
Edward the Confessor, King of England (reigned 1042-1066), did not have children. Harold, is Harold Godwin (Godwinson), the son of Godwin, Earl of Wessex.
Because of this mistake I feel leery that there maybe more mistakes which I did not catch.

If this mistake had not been in the book I would rate it a 4 1/2 or 5, but with the mistake and because I'm concerned there maybe more mistakes---I rate the book a 3.


  1. Don't you hate it when you find an error like that? Undermines the credibility of the whole book! Nevertheless, it does sound like a good survey book and one worth getting. I didn't know NG published books like this. I like it!


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